It was Saturday morning, and I was driving to get a muffin for breakfast.  I approach the turn I was about to make, and the traffic totally stopped for a moment.  A cop was walking an elderly lady across the street; what a wonderful sight to see I thought to myself — especially after watching what was going on in Ferguson.   A few days later after I had that amazing muffin, I recognize a problem that many americans have today: blind objectiveness to the police and judicial systems that govern us.  I bet the other drivers who were present thought the same thing as I did: the officer was doing a very good deed.  In fact, cops have helped me out before when I was in some very dire circumstances.  When I was going back home from college for spring vacation one year, there was a blizzard going on at that very moment.  My friends and I got into a car accident — not a fatal one thank god.  Moments later, sheriffs and police officers came and took us back to school.  I will admit, that day I was thankful for the cops.

 

I’ve had a mixed of good and bad situations with police officers within my life, but I recognize that my good incidents don’t negate the inherently immoral foundation that exists in our legal systems: its exclusive privilege of using legitimate force.  The presumption of authority can really screw with the cognitive abilities of human beings.  At some moments, the authorities are stopping a robbery, and a moment later, they’re committing robberies themselves.  It can be a mind boggling ping pong match in your brain when you’re trying to comprehend to yourself if the cops are good or bad.  Years of ping pong tournaments bounce around in my mind, and I came to a conclusion: positions of legitimate coercion are bound to be corrupt — especially when its controlled by only an elite few.  Even though this is paradox exists, people still blind themselves to this fact and they go along their daily lives without ever thinking about questioning the authorities at large.  It’s a variety of reasons why people don’t question these agents that are part of the system that inflicts oppression onto the masses: some of these agents are family members or friends; maybe one of them lets you get away with some unlawful offenses; maybe some of them do good deeds that are deeply thoughtful and altruistic; trying to question the agents of the ruling system is a task that most people don’t have the energy to do or courage to question.

 

If there’s one thing to acknowledge when we are talking about our law enforcement, it should be the actions that it commits to bring order.  Good cop or bad cop, police officers use force to bring order, and that is a fact that should never be forgotten.  That cop who you met you other day might seem like he has a heart of gold, but that heart could turn into coal in a millisecond.  When you have the top of the political class running amok passing erroneous laws and trying to inflict their moral crusades on the people, chances of good cops becoming bad cops are even more likely.  The more power the political elites acquire, the more corruption that will coexist within the structure.  It shouldn’t be shocking to see a corrupt police force that inflicts unruly coercive deeds being backed up by an even more corrupt political class.  To be honest, I’m not shocked to see such horrific police abuse.  When you have a government that can detain you without any probable cause; arrest you for smoking a harmless plant; force you to buy health insurance; spies on you so much that it makes a peeping tom jealous; and uses our tax dollars to fight worthless wars; accountability is never in sight.  Which is why I’m not surprise to see no accountability within the governments that rule us.

 

I know as of lately there has been smearing and turmoil in the comment sections of facebook, and other media outlets because of the recent cases of extreme police brutality; you cannot help but miss the millions of cops apologists that come to the aid of such thuggery.  There needs to be a cultural shift in our recognition of the police forces in America.  It’s time to recognize that the government is not a teddy bear that gives hugs on christmas and craps out hershey kisses to poor children; it’s time to recognize the true power of the legal structures of society; and more importantly, in order to crack this systematic injustice, it is time to recognize that good cops can do bad things.  If we don’t have any recognition of the true nature of this entity, the chances of it ever changing will never occur.  Maybe that cop in my previous story arrested an innocent marijuana user an hour before walking that old lady across the street; maybe that cop who helped me and my friends during the blizzard arrested a cancer patient who was using non FDA certified drugs for her rare type of cancer; it’s all speculation, but when a government like ours exists, it is all but a possible reality.  This is why we should never turn a blind eye towards the political class and the enforcers who keep intact these brutal tactics of tyranny.